Daniel Faust: Florida Photos from the 1980s

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Daniel Faust, Roller-Skating Cockatoo, Parrot Jungle, Miami, 1986, C-print. Courtesy of the Artist and Norma Mangione, Turin, Italy

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New York City-based photographer Daniel Faust is an explorer who has found inspiration in the Sunshine State. In the 1980s, he made several trips to Florida, where he took thousands of photographs of museums and tourist attractions around the state.  Faust’s solo exhibition at the Boca Raton Museum of Art consisted of an installation composed of twelve mural-size sheets of archival photographic paper that contained 658 images. The exhibition also included a series of images taken in 1938 by his grandmother, Edith Faust, and a series of Instamatic snapshots he took in Florida when he was nine years old.

In 1983, Faust photographed extensively at the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT) and Walt Disney World, often shooting with a flash while riding on the amusements found there. As envisioned by Bell Telephone, General Electric, and General Motors, the future were pictured, as well as scenes from the Magic Kingdom Park, Main Street, USA, The Haunted Mansion, and Fantasyland. Faust also photographed 1950s-1970s radio, television, and film personalities at the nearby Six Flags Stars Hall of Fame Wax Museum.

In 1986, Faust returned to Florida to photograph at the International Swimming Hall of Fame, Monkey Jungle, and Parrot Jungle in Fort Lauderdale; the Edison Winter Estate and Museum in Fort Myers; the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum in North Port; Potter’s Wax Museum in St. Augustine; the Kennedy Space Center; and National Navy SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce. In 1989, he traveled to Tallahassee to photograph the Florida Cracker Farm and to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park for the Mermaid Show. In Homestead, he shot the Coral Castle Museum, and in Key West the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, the Shipwreck Historeum, and Hurricane Museum.

These 658 Florida photographs were just a few of the 25,000 slide and film images that Faust took in various museums and excursions across the United States, Europe, Asia, South Africa, the Middle East, Brazil, India, and New Zealand. His work is in many international museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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